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work upon* We are dealing with masses of
people which may be swayed enormously by a
brilliant newspaper or an outstandingly persua-
sive or compelling personality or by almost
accidental changes in the drift of events. I,
for example, cannot tell how far the generality of
educated and capable people in the British Empire
now may fall in with our idea of accepting and
serving a collectivism, or how strong their con-
servative resistance may be. It is my own
country and I ought to know it best, and I do
not know it detachedly enough or deeply enough
to* decide that. I do not see how anyone can
foretell these swirls and eddies of response.
The advocacy of such movements of the mind
and will as I am speaking of here is in itself
among the operating causes in political adjust-
ment, and those who are deepest in the struggle
are least able to estimate how it is going. Every
factor in political and international affairs is a
fluctuating factor. The wise man therefore will
not set his heart upon any particular drift or
combination. He will favour everything that
trends towards the end at which he aims.
The present writer cherishes the idea that the
realisation of a common purpose and a common
cultural inheritance may spread throughout all
the English-speaking communities, and there